A lot of people tend to compare the Golden Gate Park with New York’s Central Park and some say the latter is much better. Well, it really depends on what you’re looking for. The Golden Gate Park is a much more natural setting than its East Coast Counterpart. You know the type: good for gatherings and picnics on weekends, and laying out a big blanket to get your snore on. You should be able to find a suitable parking space on MLK Drive or Nancy Pelosi Drive. What with all of the tall trees, finding shade to rest will not be a problem. Because of the trees, the overall temperature is noticeably lower than some other urban areas, making it the perfect environment for someone wanting to get out of the sun.
Twin Peaks, 501 Twin Peaks Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-831-6331
This place is beautiful amid the chaos of the Financial District. It’s such a stark contrast: you have tall buildings with hurrying people on cell phones and then you walk into this park area and all you can see and hear is the roaring sounds of a waterfall. Other than pure silence, there is no better sound to fall asleep to. It is beautiful and somehow poetic. The air just seems so much more clean and fresh there. Grab a Beard Papapastry puff from across the street and nibble it as you wander through the hedge maze, or have a lazy Sunday morning drinking Blue Bottle and soaking up sun on the grass. It is a perfect pit-stop to catch some rest before continuing your tour of the city and surroundings.
Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-820-3550
If you’re looking all over the city for a quiet area to take a nap, head to the UCSF Library. In addition to having several floors with a mixture of cubicles, study rooms only available to UCSF students, large study tables and couches, the view is unbeatable. With the library situated on top of Parnassus, your naps don’t appear as dreary with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a sweet resting spot. Go on weekends because parking can be a pain on the weekdays when it’s limited to two hours or meter parking. Come at around 4pm if you really want to stay here, since the two hour limit ends at 6pm.
UCSF Public Library, 530 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-476-2336